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Janesville KinderCare

Julie Smith, Center Director

3327 East Milwaukee St. Janesville WI 53546
(608) 755-9970 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Milwaukee & Wright Rd across from Mercy Clinic E

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kennedy, Harrison, Adams and Monroe

We are proud of the positive difference we make every day for the children in our community through our exceptional early childhood education programs and expert care. Our dedication to quality has earned accreditation from both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the state’s coveted YoungStar 5-star rating.

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Welcome

We are excited to welcome you to our KinderCare in Janesville, Wisconsin. Our center has been in Janesville for over 29 years. KinderCare staff members are dedicated and professional with abundance of experience due to longevity of employment. We are a center with few staff turnovers as a result; we can build strong relationships with families and children. Our mission is to fulfill your child’s every need with programs that are enriched with learning experiences to develop your child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Furthermore, our teachers use play as a learning tool so your child can experience hands on learning, and your child will thrive with our teachers' encouraging, loving, and gently reinforced guidance. Four principles we focus on at KinderCare are active exploration, initiating learning, learning through open-ended experiences, and helping facilitate your child’s learning. KinderCare in Janesville believes that each and every child has the opportunity to develop their own talents and interests along with a joyful experience within their classrooms and our wonderful staff members.

Julie Smith, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

  • Julie Smith

    Julie Smith, Center Director

    What I love most about working in Early Childhood Education is to see the expression on the children’s face as they accomplish something new for the first time, sharing meaningful moments with the families and knowing that we are building a strong foundation for their future education.

    Julie has been the Center Director since 2006. She finished her Administration credential through the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2009. She is inspired most by coming to work each day and building strong relationships with our staff, families and children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Administration Credential
  • Tammy

    Tammy, Assistant Director

    Tammy has been the Assistant Director since 2010. She finished her Bachelor's Degree in Early Education Administration from Ashford University in 2013. What Tammy loves most about working in this field is how she can make a difference for families and their children by providing resources that can build a strong base for their future endeavors. What inspires her to come to KinderCare each day is the wonderful staff, families and children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration
  • Ms. Ashley F.

    Ms. Ashley F., Infant Classroom

    I love nurturing and helping the children in my classroom grow. I also enjoy making special bonds with the children and their families to create the best possible transition between home and school.

    Ms. Ashley has always enjoyed being a role model for young children. She began babysitting early in her teen years. While in college, she was a nanny for twins, then began working at a private daycare for two years before joining the KinderCare team in September of 2014. She has an Associate's Degree in Elementary Education from University of Wisconsin-Rock County as well as an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Blackhawk Technical College. In her free time, she enjoys boating, shopping and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    9/24/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I make a difference in children's lives each and every day, guiding them on their way to their bright and hopeful futures

    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Leah went to school for Early Childhood Education at Blackhawk Technical College. She is also the mother of two and has done a lot of babysitting in her past.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Leah has experience babysitting and raising two children of her own.
    Year Started:
    5/23/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley G

    Ms. Ashley G, Toddler Classroom

    My favorite part about working at KinderCare is being able to celebrate a child's accomplishments and sharing the progress with their parents.

    Ms. Ashley spent several years assisting in dance classes for children under the age of five. That's when she decided that Kindergarten or preschool was what she really wanted to teach. She then spent a semester in Ms. Nicole's P4J classroom as a student teacher in order to obtain an Associate's Degree. She loved being at KinderCare and jumped at the opportunity to work here. Ms. Ashley loves coming into the classroom every day to the children's excited squeals and occasional hugs. Her favorite part of working in the Toddler classroom is when they surprise her with their new skills.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has experience student teaching for one semester.
    Year Started:
    11/28/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Toddler Classroom

    What inspires me to come to work every day is listening to the happy sounds in my classroom.

    Ms. Danielle has been working for KinderCare for thirteen wonderful years and is currently working in the Toddler room. She received her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011. Her favorite activity to do with the children in the classroom is art. Ms. Danielle has a wonderful husband and two loving children; Jacob and Athena.

    Year Started:
    5/15/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and grow from the experiences they have at KinderCare every day.

    Ms. Laura was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. She attended Craig High School. After high school she attended MATC in Madison, Wisconsin for two years. Ms. Laura has been married for three years and has a 21-month-old son. She has been with KinderCare Old Sauk for five years and just recently moved to Janesville to be closer to her family. Ms. Laura is looking forward to all the new friendships she will be making here at the Janesville KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Laura worked at a Montessori Daycare for three years.
    Year Started:
    9/15/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Toddler Classroom

    Children are sweet little people.

    Ms. Lori is the Toddler teacher at the Janesville KinderCare Center. She loves this age because of the fun the children have. Their laughter and smiles are the best.

    Year Started:
    5/20/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Miki

    Ms. Miki, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Early Childhood Education is such an important part of every child's life. I love being able to watch the children master different developmental milestones. I am also so fortunate to work with such wonderful, supportive staff. They, along with my lovely children, are the reason I look forward to coming to work each day.

    Ms. Miki has been with KinderCare for seventeen years; two in Arizona and fifteen years here, in Janesville. She received her Early Childhood Education degree in Tokyo, Japan, where she was born. There, she taught the children for four years. Ms. Miki met and married her husband in Japan and moved to the United States. She is very passionate about seeing the progress and growth of children.

    Year Started:
    4/12/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the children's smiling faces and the unconditional love they give you.

    Ms. Rachel has been working in childcare for eight-and-a-half  years. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011 from Kendall College. When she thinks about her future, all Ms. Rachel can see is herself teaching children. It's all she has ever wanted to do. When Ms. Rachel is not working with kids, she likes to go shopping and do just about anything that is active. She enjoys walking her dogs and scrap-booking.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has previous experience working at two other private centers for over eight years.
    Year Started:
    12/9/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Latrice

    Ms. Latrice, Preschool Classroom

    I believe that KinderCare's approach to work acts in the best interest of the children and the school, promoting good teaching practices that impact positively on children's learning.

    Ms. Latrice has been working at KinderCare since February of 2014. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently attending Ashford University for her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration. Ms. Latrice has experience in the Infant, Toddler and Preschool classrooms. It has been a very exciting experience for Ms. Latrice working with children, as well as our wonderful staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Latrice has previous experience teaching at a private school in Chicago, Illinois.
    Year Started:
    2/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, P4J Classroom

    What inspires me to come to work each day the bright expression on a child's face when discovering or learning a new concept.

    Ms. Jill has more than 30 years experience in early childhood development. She was the lead teacher in the Prekindergarten classroom for many years and is currently working in the P4J classroom.

    Year Started:
    10/28/1982
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Prekindergarten Classroom

    There's never a dull moment.

    Ms. Sarah has been with KinderCare for sixteen years and she is proud to say that she is a lifer here. She is very grateful that KinderCare supports and encourages her with all of her goals. Ms. Sarah has experience working with Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Prekindergarten, Health and Safety, Assistant Director and Coordinator positions. Teaching is her niche and Ms. Sarah absolutely loves it. She loves teaching children new ideas and helping them accomplish their goals. She enjoys being a huge part of any child's life. They have have such a blast every day.

    Year Started:
    3/3/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, School Age & P4J Classrooms

    “Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

    Ms. Nicole has worked for Knowledge Learning Corporation for seven years and has eleven years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2007. She enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her five-year-old daughter and her husband. At KinderCare Ms. Nicole teaches the four-year-old Kindergarten program during the school year and then teach the School Ag program during the summer. She enjoys everything that she does and finds it especially gratifying knowing that she helps build the foundation to many children's education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Nicole worked at a private center for three years and as a substitute for the Janesville and Beloit School Districts for two years.
    Year Started:
    3/29/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley H.

    Ms. Ashley H., Floating Teacher

    Don't run up and down the field without scoring, make goals in life.

    Ms. Ashley has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for a Degree in Sociology and Criminology. She loves working with children and hopes to be a juvenile probation officer working with troubled teens one day. KinderCare has been a great place to work where Ms. Ashley can see the children grow, play, and learn each and every day. Shea has always dreamed about working with children of all ages.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has completed her Practicums 1, 2, 3, and 4.
    Year Started:
    11/2/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Patti

    Ms. Patti, Floating Teacher

    Children will keep you on your toes, so be prepared for anything.

    Ms. Patti grew up in Footville, Wisconsin and is married with children and grandchildren. She comes from a family of fourteen and has been taking care of children as far back as she can remember. She works in all the classrooms and loves the diversity of teaching children of all ages.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Patti has completed her Practicums 1, 2, 3, and 4.
    Year Started:
    1/19/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

In addition to your child’s learning experience here at KinderCare, we also provide a safe and clean environment for your child. Our teachers follow a regiment of daily cleaning with the use of Lysol products. We follow our state health and safety policies and use universal precautions.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I am Mason's mother. He attends “school” at KinderCare in Janesville, Wisconsin in the Two-Year-Old Classroom. His primary teachers are Ms. Miki and Ms. Rachel. I wanted to let you know that I words cannot express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation for the care my son has received at KinderCare.
I started Mason in full time day care in January 2013. My mother (Mason’s grandmother) had been his primary daycare provider up to this point and, of course, I had a very difficult time making the decision to place Mason in the care of “strangers”. Despite her offering to continue caring for Mason, I felt he needed more structure and socializing (even though this meant I would have to pay for childcare for the first time). From the moment I spoke with Ms. Julie on the phone to arrange my first visit, to my daily interactions with his teachers, I have been overwhelmed with pride, comfort, and joy.
 The progress Mason is making in his learning, his social skills, his language skills, and his ability to deal with his emotions, is far beyond anything I could have imagined. Mason’s teachers are wonderful in working with me personally and professionally. They have helped me work through my personal struggles with rearing Mason and have even provided a shoulder to cry on when I felt like nothing was going right. They have been flexible and understanding as we’ve tried various dietary experiments, and have been unbelievably patient and disciplined in making sure Mason wears his eye patch the prescribed time each and every day.
Words can not express how overly happy and grateful I am to everyone at KinderCare in Janesville. Ms. Julie, Ms. Tammy, Ms. Miki, Ms. Rachel, Ms. Lori, and Ms. Ashley have been angels sent from heaven. I know my son is great hands. In the morning when I drop him off, he transitions very well, and in the afternoons when I pick him up he’s full of energy and excitement as he spends the rest of the night talking about what he did and how much fun he had.
As a mom, working full time in healthcare, I understand that customer service drives business. I also realize that too many times we are very quick to criticize but rarely offer words of appreciation. I know there was a survey recently provided to parents allowing us to express our concerns. I appreciate the ability to provide feedback and I am also comforted in knowing that our feedback is taken seriously. Beyond the standard survey, however, I would just like to share my utmost satisfaction with every aspect of KinderCare Janesville.
Please be sure to acknowledge the fantastic work these teachers and caregivers do each and every day. I know I could never do their job and the comfort of knowing that my child is in such great care means so much more than I could express in a survey. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone (but especially to Ms. Miki and Ms. Rachel).

- Mother
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